Saturday 21st October 2017

Meditations for Back to School. 2017.22.

Meditations for Back to School. 2017.22.

I wonder what you thought when you saw this title?

In fact it IS about meditation and it IS for kids…yes!

From my experience of the past two years, meditation is helpful. I use it for helping me stay in the moment more and for being mindful. I’ve written about it here.

More and more though, it is found that a few minutes of meditation, slowing down to focus on the ‘here and now’ and the breath is an excellent strategy for us all. It is not about clearing the mind nor about going to sleep.

Smiling Mind is an Australian-based company producing apps and meditations on-line. The app is free. I have used this app a few times. I like the Australian accent too. Here’s the link to Smiling Mind to find out more.

What caught my eye recently from the ABC in Australia is this:

Meditations for Back to School.*

There are meditations for kids and teachers. I tried the kid one and that’s why I am sharing it here. I would suggest having a go with your children.

I would also try it with a class if I was still teaching!


Here from ABC and Smiling Mind. From their website:

Our vision is to see mindfulness meditation on the Australian National Curriculum by 2020.

This hopeful statement from the Dalai Lama provides food for thought.

*Not a sponsored post..I just like to share what I think is helpful for families and education.

Have you tried meditation?

Do your children meditate?

Tell me more!







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Quotes I Like. 366/139.

Quotes I Like. 366/139.

Lately I have read that quotes for the sake of quotes are often meaningless unless we can align our belief systems and values to them.

This made perfect sense to me as I continue to learn more about ‘being me’.

A values-centred life is one which helps us align our life and goals as one.

As I have said before, I continue to be a WIP – work-in- progress!

I’m studying a number of approaches to mindful living, and acceptance commitment therapy combined with the books by Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Anne Lamott, Elisha Goldstein, Russ Harris, Eckhardt Tolle and Tara Brach.

The quotes below have meaning for me.

What about you?


Here is the  source:


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Do You Have 10 Minutes to Spare? 366/111.

Do You Have 10 Minutes to Spare? 366/111.

Since March 2015 the mindfulness/meditation app from Headspace has helped me learn to be more mindful, take time out and to value my inner life and with that some of my unhelpful thoughts have been diminished.

What this activity is NOT;

  1. One to go to sleep by
  2. One to miss a few days and then come back when you feel like it
  3. One where you turn your thoughts off

So, if they are some of the things you thought about meditation and mindfulness then maybe you need to know more.

“Do you ever wish you could just stop…thinking…cut through the mental chatter (that’s keeping you from sleeping)..and focus more easily on your work (or just on the more important things in life)..look and feel healthier? Then the answer is HEADSPACE…it’s meditation but not as you might think. No chanting, sitting cross-legged on the floor, no specific religious beliefs or major changes to your routine…” from Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe.

I have written posts about the value for me before.

I also know that many of you are finding mindfulness meditation helpful.


I use the app from Headspace each day around 9.30 a.m. For 10 minutes. I could choose longer times of 15 or 20 but 10 works for me. The app is free for 10 sessions then I pay. HOWEVER, Headspace is about giving…and because I have recently completed a particular set of days of headspace I have:

3 MONTHS Free ACCESS to give away!

Are you interested?

Go here for more information.

If you are serious about wanting to get started, let me know in the comments section.

I am going to offer the voucher I have to the first person who asks for it.

It is not restricted to Australia. It is not a is just a gift! From Headspace to me and from me to whoever comments first that they would like it.

I shall contact that person with the details.

So, do you have 10 minutes to spare?




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Do You Know Of Tara Brach PhD? 366/83

Do You Know Of Tara Brach PhD? 366/83.

I ‘found’ Tara Brach’s work via my husband’s study in his counselling degree when he sent me an article by her.

I am seeking ways in which to both understand my current challenges with life’s transitions and to help me through.

The first way was begun last year when I commenced my daily meditation practice via Headspace. I have written about that a few times!

However, like all things learning-wise, the more we learn (especially about ourselves and our behaviours) the more we want to know to grow and understand.

That’s what I am like anyway!

Many readers already know that from time to time I am finding some of life’s DOWNS of uncertainty and insecurity hard to handle with intermittent anxiety rearing its head and often the resultant IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).

So for me, the lovely words here, and via the CDs and Tara Brach’s Youtube videos are amazingly helpful and I know, as I paraphrase Brene Brown  I am not is not just me!

If you would like to check out what I have found helpful, Tara Brach’s website has much  more information there than I could ever try to supply!


How are you going today?

What is your recent learning in terms of your own health journey?

Do you know anyone who also has IBS as a reaction to anxiety/stress?

Take care everyone!



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What’s Headspace Meditation? 366/6.

What’s Headspace Meditation? 366/6.

In 2015 I discovered that I needed ‘something’ to help me through a particularly difficult time.

The time has been written about a few times here as it related to our big move from Sydney, away from everyone we loved and knew and I gave up my paid work in education.

It was a ‘perfect’ storm if you like for setting me up for anxiety, sadness and grief. I knew I had to change something but I was floundering for a while.

Change is hard when you are the midst of it!

One day, and I cannot recall how, I found ‘headspace’. Yes, I’d tried meditation of one kind or another before and to be frank, I really didn’t get it.

Headspace, the app, and the co-founder (the voice!) of Headspace changed that.

Thanks to Andy Puddicombe and the many and varied way in which I can meditate each day, I have had some improvements in my mental health and can honestly say that should I ever miss one session I can notice the effect in me.

What do I do?

  1. I listen to the app in a quiet and special place that is just for me.
  2. I light a candle, make sure I can sit where my bare feet touch the ground (it doesn’t matter that it is inside)
  3. I start the app, and Andy lets me know about the journey we are on that day via the program I have chosen to download earlier.
  4. I have found 10 minutes is my ideal time. Some programs go for 10 days and others for 30 days. I choose.
  5. I mediate at approximately the same time each day, with a reminder set on my phone for 9.30 a.m.
  6. I actually pay attention more than I realise to the meditation and know it doesn’t matter too much to get distracted because I know how to bring myself back.
  7. It’s not about emptying the mind at all
  8. It IS about the breath. Not a particular way of breathing, but just the rhythm of in and out.

I am not paid to write this but I love sharing the news about how good it has been for my health.

I do pay for my app which was less than $100 for 12 months. Worth it!

Here is a link to my previous post about Headspace – the app for meditation.

PS: pretty chuffed to get this tweet after I posted about the blog post!


Have you tried meditation yet?

Have you downloaded the free app where the first 10 days are free?




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Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 274/365.

Mindfulness by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 274/365.

This man’s words both written and spoken are from sources I have found, including Lifestyle You from Foxtel. Jon is an author I admire greatly, a mindfulness practitioner I cannot speak more highly about, and someone who ‘practises what he has preached for some decades now.’ Google him to get to know more, much much more about Jon and the practices of mindfulness.

It’s helped me, and continues to help me every single day.

Being mindful doesn’t have to mean you’re happy all of the time. If you’re often trying to bury feelings of anger, guilt or frustration, then the best thing to do may be just to ‘feel it.’
“Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment,” says Jon Kabat-Zinn.
When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future. Pay close attention to your breathing, especially when you’re feeling intense emotions.
Once you recognise that your emotions and thoughts are fleeting, it can free you from negative thought patterns.”
Recognise that your thoughts and emotions are fleeting and do not define you, an insight that can free you from negative thought patterns.

This man, Jon Kabat-Zinn, who for me is the ‘guru’ of modern mindfulness speaking here:


I am doing what I can to be more mindful every single day. It takes practice like all exercise but the benefit for my brain is amazing.

Have you delved into ‘mindfulness’ yet? Are you meditating daily yet?

Denyse xx

A Mindful Moment

A Mindful Moment

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Just This. 225/365.

Just This. 225/365.


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Linking to Headspace if you want to know more about Mindful Meditation, here.



Getting Better. 199/365.

Getting Better. 199/365.

Regular readers and those who know me in person have been very understanding of my challenges to ‘get used to’ a new way of living my life.

In doing so, I have encountered some bothersome symptoms which have been annoying and somewhat worrisome as I wanted them to ‘disappear’. However, anxiety and a natural tendency to ‘over-think’ have not assisted this symptoms and effects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

So, 6 months on..things are improving…thanks to:

  • time passing…..
  • love and support from my husband…
  • caring words and connections from my family…
  • learning to meditate EVERY single day!….I remember it well as I downloaded the Headspace App on 29 March 2015  the day our 8th grandchild was born….
  • creative pursuits – art, drawing, lettering, photography…
  • walking in nature – beach, water side, observing nature and taking in the beauty around…
  • professionals – two female GPs who ‘get me’, a specialist who reassured and a new person, a psychologist who will be my ‘talking’ therapist…
  • reading articles, books, blogs which make sense to me in demonstrating that what I have been feeling is part ‘who I am’ and part ‘what I am going through’….
  • taking part in on-line courses and personal health challenges….

There have been some occasions which have not been pleasant for me and I’ve had to make some changes to plans and missed out on events I thought I would enjoy. Nevertheless I am also proud to say that thanks to my own determination, wanting to be well and understanding how my mind/body connection works I am feeling much better.

This is a good news, work-in-progress update.

How’ s your health?

Denyse xx